Diploma Band 3:

Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. plus 1 hour online.

Location: Main campus

ENGL-1052-60: Lives of Heroes

To what extent can we understand humanity through its heroes? This course surveys famous epic and historical heroes, exploring courage as it relates to shared cultural values. Comparisons will be drawn between traditional and modern definitions of heroism. Through readings and discussion, we will consider duty, glory, the hero's journey and the costs of heroism. Written assignments and an oral presentation will give students the chance to research and defend heroes of their choice.

HIST-1009-60: Contemporary History

Only by knowing where we came from can we begin to know where we are going.  This course explores the important events of the 20th century or what has been referred to as the 'revolutionary century'.  Through a global perspective, we will examine such monumental events as the First and Second World Wars, the Russian Revolution, the rise of Fascism, the Cold War and how they shaped the world today.  The course will also focus on the economic, political and cultural significance of these events globally, focusing on a number of different countries.

INDS-1034-60: Rock & Soul

This course will examine in-depth great albums of the rock and soul. Albums by artists such as James Brown, Bob Dylan, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd will be looked at with emphasis on their musical and historical importance. Students will write a research essay on a great album of rock and soul.

INDS-1093-60: The Global Drug Trade

This course examines addictive substances as a global commodity, tracing their impact on issues of race, empire and inequality. Beginning with the opium wars of the nineteenth century and concluding with narco violence in present-day Mexico, students will gain an understanding of the various impacts of the drug trade on the modern world. Beyond simple issues of criminality and policing, transnational flows of licit and illicit drugs shape how societies interact with one another and reveal persistent power imbalances. During the course, students will be introduced to an extensive and surprising cast of characters - from imperial administrators to Colombian drug lords; CIA agents to Central American villagers; mafia dons to pharmaceutical sales reps.

RELG-1003-60: World Religions

This course seeks to explore some of the world's major religious traditions. We will look at the historical, social and cultural legacies of these faith-based traditions with an eye toward understanding how religion has helped to define our world. This introductory course will address many world religions including, but not limited to Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. No religious affiliation is presumed. Moreover, the fundamental assumption for the course is that it is possible to learn about and from a variety of different religious traditions without seeking to make students adherents of a single religious tradition or adherents of the notion that all religious traditions are basically the same.

SOCI-1051-60: Sociology of Fame

Formerly contained within the sphere of entertainment, the influence of celebrities is increasing in all aspects of social life, on a global scale. The glorification of famous people imbues them with a unique form of social status with significant power to shape trends and agendas. When young people are surveyed, they consistently state that fame and fortune are the most valued life goals of their generation. Next to seeking stardom, their ideal job is to be a personal assistant to a very famous music or movie star. For better or worse, celebrity worship is an increasingly pervasive social phenomenon. In this course, students will examine the impact of fame on collective human behaviour, identities and consciousness. By focusing on questions such as who gets fame and for what, this course will attempt to shed light on the popularity and attraction of stars like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Kim Kardashian. In doing so, students will explore the kinds of statements this obsession with the stars make about our society.

SOSC-1014-60: Shop, Until You Drop: Consumer Culture

Does money make us happier? Are we better off if we have more things? Unfortunately the answer seems to be yes, but not for long. We will explore, analyze and criticize how and why we can't stop buying 'things'. Our course will examine the way individual psychology and the structure of society influences us to want MORE. We will identify the psychological, sociological, environmental and economic aspects of why buy and spend. Personal and social reflections and solutions to 'shop til you drop' will also be explored.